"The only foundation for ... a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty," warned Founding Father Benjamin Rush. We're losing that foundation, however, with yet another survey showing that irreligiosity has been burgeoning in America - especially in recent years. Yet with church attendance being one of the best predictors of voting patterns, what does this portend for our nation's political and cultural future? And how can the atheistic descent be halted if few understand its actual causes?
The latest data was provided by the General Social Survey, which "has tracked a broad swath of American trends since 1972," informs the Daily Mail. Summarizing the study's recent findings, the paper writes:
- The number of people who have no religion has risen 266 per cent - one third of the population - in three decades
- People with no religion accounted for 23.1% of the U.S. population in 2018
- By comparison, Catholics make up 23% and Evangelicals account for 22.5%
- The three are now statistically tied as the largest religious groups in America
- Meanwhile, mainline Protestant Christianity has seen a 62.5% decline in believers since 1982, to now account for just 10.8% of the U.S. population
Other research has, unsurprisingly, shown similar results. For example, a 2018 Pew Research Center survey found that America's "pagans" now actually outnumber her Presbyterians.
Ryan Burge, an Eastern Illinois University political science professor who analyzed the recent data, told the Mail that one reason for the higher "nones" (people without religion) figure could be that - with irreligiosity in vogue and the stigma attached to it now gone - people are less afraid to openly embrace it.
This may be a factor, of course. Yet the basic question is: Why would irreligiosity's stigma have diminished drastically unless religiosity has diminished proportionately? Stigmas are corollaries of values. For when certain things are valued, their opposites are devalued; and when those certain things are valued less, their opposites are devalued less.
In reality, studies and personal experience both make evident that religion has waned worrisomely in the West. While there are a number of reasons for this, the main one is little known. As I explained last year, the
rejection of Christianity is wholly logical ... given our descent into moral relativism. I often cite a Barna Group study showing that, in 2002 already, only six percent of teenagers believed in Truth (absolute by definition) and that they were most likely to make "moral" decisions based on feelings.
How is this relevant? Moral relativism holds that what we call "morality" is determined by the man; what this actually means, however, is that morality (properly defined) doesn't really exist - only man's preference does.
This strikes at Christianity's very heart because it renders the sacrifice on the cross incomprehensible. After all, if there's no Truth and all is preference, there is no sin. If there's no sin, there was no reason for Jesus to die for us. This means there is no need for salvation and, hence, no need for Christianity.
[Ron: Religions are socio-political control mechanisms. Adherence to a religion whether it be Christianity or anything else, is not the same thing as being spiritual. What gives a human being quintessential value is the fact that s/he is ensouled, and gifted with a fragment of the Creator's consciousness. That gift of indwelling Creator consciousness provides each individual with a unique mind and personality which is eternal because it is spirit. That gift makes each and every ensouled human being an 'only begotten son or daughter of God'. This means that Jesus was NOT the ONLY, 'only begotten Son of God' as the Pharisees' LIES in the Bible have pretended for almost two millenia. It follows that we humans do not need external assistance from religions, priests or gurus et al, to "find" God. We merely have to 'go within' to experience the divine presence. That means we don't need to believe in or belong to any religion or attach ourselves to any other external source to seek divine intercession. It follows that we do not need to avail ourselves of some alleged "sacrifice" by Jesus the Christ in order to be "saved". Each human must "save" self by learning from mistakes (so-called sins) and as a result, changing his or her thoughts and behaviours, which results in an increase in consciousness. In this connection be aware also, that Jesus the Christ did not die on the Cross but was resuscitated and went to Damascus where he frightened the bejabbers out of Saul of Tarsus (St Paul) before going to india where he married and had children and lived to about age 115.
It follows that the Resurrection story is a LIE inserted into the Christian religion by the Pharisees. The Pharisees crucified Jesus because his divine teachings were diametrically opposed to their corrupt and criminal dogmas and practices. Having crucified Jesus they then sought to eradicate his teachings in order to maintain their own power and control over the adherents to their Talmudic, supremicist political ideological collective. The Pharisees did this by influencing Roman emperors to establish the Christian religion and inserting LIES therein. One major lie was the false story about "the resurrection of the body" of Jesus. That didn't occur with Jesus as he didn't die but was resuscitated. The real meaning of the resurrection story is that the spirit that enlivens the physical body never 'dies' because it is eternal. Once created by the Creator an individual human spirit cannot cease to exist except if that spirit, which is an individual MIND, chooses in full awareness and consciousness, to cease to exist. Apparently Lucifer made such a choice recently after having been adjudicated in the appropriate super universe jurisdiction. Lucifer apparently could not face the fact of his errors and consequent necessary rehabilitation processes and chose uncreation.
Accordingly, the story about Jesus "sacrificing himself on the Cross is a LIE. In any event, Jesus did not intend to "sacrifice" himself in expiation for the "sins" (mistakes) of humans on this planet because NO ONE can save anyone else from the effects of their mistakes. Every human being is, like Jesus, a sovereign fragment of the Creator endowed with a sovereign mind and personality and accordingly each sovereign individual must learn from his/her mistakes and change his/her thoughts and behaviours in order to save self, ie to advance in knowledge, wisdom and consciousness.
In fact the spirit that enlivens our physical body ordinarily cannot 'die' and merely transitions into another dimensional realm when it ceases to enliven our physical body, ie when the biological body ceases to function. We also need to remember that while it is enlivened by our spirit, the physical human body is constantly renewing itself from the divine energies surrounding us which create everything in the Cosmos. Thus a fully mature spirit can 'will' the renewal of the body s/he inhabits indefinitely, as a matter of choice. This means that in appropriate circumstances a human can live for hundreds or even thousands of years apparently retaining the same, albeit constantly renewing, biological body (meat suit). the Bible hints at this in the stories about Methuselah and Noah.
By concealing the truth about reincarnation and out divine origins and destiny the Pharisees have made it easy for Talmudists and the Christian religious puppets they control, to instil fear of death into congregations. The truth is scientifically explained by Bruce Lipton. See eg: Bruce Lipton - Fear vs Love State and Stress's Effects on Your Body - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Other_Spiritual_Pieces_68/Bruce-Lipton---Fear-vs-Love-State-and-Stress-s-Effects-on-Your-Body.shtml
Jesus incarnated to teach divine truths lost and corrupted by Pharisees and others over millenia. He did not come to establish a religion and didn't. Nor did he come to sacrifice himself for our "sins", ie our mistakes made in learning about life the universe and everything in order to progress in knowledge, wisdom and spirit so that we can eventually progress through the Creation and meet with the Creator.
The LIE that Jesus was the only begotten son of God and that he "sacrificed" himself to save humanity from its sins has fueled the assumption that we are our physical bodies and have one, ONLY, lifetime in physicality. That lead to the false doctrine that we are only our physical bodies whereas in truth human beings are spirits having a physical experience in a temporary material meat suit. Because our spirit is enlivened by a fragment of Creator consciousness we are NOT our material bodies but merely experience physicality using them.
These lies have suppressed awareness of our divine origin, purpose and worth. Through our experiences in physicality we are intended to eventually learn the truth about our self and the material Cosmos, ie life, the universe and everything. This process involves a very long period of trial and error but there is no limit to the incarnations and length of time an eternal spirit can take in an eternal Creation in order to achieve AT ONE MENT with the Creator and Creation.].
So given the relativism the young have been marinated in, their behavior is entirely rational. Why, if I believed all was preference, just a flavor of the day, why would I constrain my impulses with the Christian moral standard or any other? I should rather be a hedonist.
This is the matter's crux. People sacrifice for principles, not preferences.
Burge also mentions that many Americans are rejecting traditional Christianity because of its teaching prohibiting homosexual behavior. He's correct, and this brings us to the effect (planned?) of our Great Sexual Heresy in general and the homosexuality agenda in particular.
Think about what the sexual devolutionaries do, which is to portray rejection of homosexual behavior as bigotry.
[Ron: Homosexual practices are psychologically and physically detrimental for participants and contrary to the divine nature of human beings. They are spiritually harmful to humans participating in them and socially detrimental for any community that endorses such practices. If publically endorsed and encouraged homosexuality also constitutes a societal DEATH WISH.
Genuine loving same sex relationships that do not involve sexual intercourse are fine, as are all real loving relationships. And If people wish to live together in ways that prevent them procreating and raising children that is their prerogative BUT it is inappropriate and indeed SUICIDAL for the rest of society to approve and assist physically, psychologically, spiritually and socially harmful practices such as sodomy and homosexual parenting. It is absurd to suggest that "society" can bestow on homosexual couples the "marriage and parenting rights" that only naturally exist in relation to heterosexual couples. Sodomy cannot produce offspring nor can lesbian activities. Demanding that society bless homosexual couples with the RIGHT to acquire and raise children by using the services of people not part of their relationship is a gross imposition not only on society at large but also on the children subjected to the resulting homosexual parenting.
In fact, homosexuals are demanding that society MUST grant them GREATER RIGHTS than it gives to heterosexual couples in that homosexuals REQUIRE that society must assist them to live as if they are heterosexual partners and parents while they choose not to be.
The Jew controlled media's advocacy of homosexuality is creating a DEATH WISH in Western societies, notably in the nations like Australia, other Anglo countries including the US, and in the EU. Actively advocating austerity and homosexual outcomes has resulted in these nations failing to reproduce themselves and requiring immigration and refugee flows to enable them to continue to exist. Arguably this result is sought by the Jewish banksters and corporatists that control the governments, judiciaries, education systems and the MSM in those countries. See eg: Masters of Porn: The Systematic Promotion of Sexual Deviance - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Masters-of-Porn-The-Systematic-Promotion-of-Sexual-Deviance.shtml].
Insofar as people believe the church's teaching is analogous to rejection based solely on skin color - if "homophobia"="racism" - authentic Christianity=the KKK. Of course, I don't believe this, but it is how people imbued with homosexuality doctrine will view it.
This explains why this tactic is ideal not just for homosexuality activists but all anti-Christian agitators. The more you can cast the church as a fire-and-brimstone purveyor of our newly minted bigotry, the more you push it into the hate-group category in modernists' minds (note that overseas "hate speech" laws often prohibit criticism of homosexuality). And since the church cannot bend on definitive teaching, it can do nothing to extricate itself from this category. It's brilliantly devious - some would say devilish.
[Ron: Well let's face it, Christians have it on good authoruty that Talmudism is Satanism; and sexual devience was the hallmark of the Canaanite antecedents of the Pharisees.].
Another faith-killing force, a devilishly seductive one, is the desire for eternal absolution. The disobedient child inside man doesn't like being told "No!" He doesn't like all the thou-shalt-nots. Christianity does one thing religion is supposed to do: It upholds a non-negotiable standard of behavior, reflecting the Truth, informing that sin [Ron: ie mistakes in living] really is real and that we really are wrong [Ron: ie mistaken] when indulging it.
Thus, the more people are married to sin, the more they'll have to justify - and the more, then, that they'll have an emotional vested interest in attacking what condemns that sin: Christianity.
Given this, a sure way to get people to divorce the church is to wed them to sin, is to seduce them into it. Interestingly, this is precisely what our society does.
Far from developing in children what Greek philosopher Plato called an "erotic" (meaning not sexual, but passionate) attachment to virtue, we [Ron: A careful examination of the source of this "stoking of passions with vice" evidences that it emanates from Talmudists and their greedy shabbos enablers] stoke their passions with vice, via sexual messages in entertainment, the media, and elsewhere; inappropriate sex education in schools; sexual-liberation "philosophy"; co-ed dorms and lewd sexuality classes in college; and the sexual devolutionary agenda in general. In fact, if you wanted a paradigm for destroying faith, the modern [Ron: Jew bankster controlled] West would be it.
[Ron: Arguably stoking passions with VICE is a paradigm for destroying VIRTUE rather than FAITH. After all what is "faith" in the devine of it isn't grounded in a desire to pursue truth and what is good?].
The good news, from the Everything You Know Isn't So file, is that faith is only declining in the West; in fact, religiosity is projected to increase worldwide during the next few decades. As an example, these 2016 statistics show that Catholicism's adherents are increasing at a rate slightly greater than that of population growth.
The bad news is that with church attendance being one of the best predictors of voting patterns, with regular service-goers breaking widely for the GOP and atheists being largely Democrat, our declining religiosity explains leftism's rise - and why American Christianity's death would portend a dark political future.
[Ron: I disagree. Religiosity is not a good thing. And in any event the Christian religion was established by Roman emperiors influenced by Pharisees who corrupted Jesus the Christ's teachings in many ways including insertion of the Pharisaic Torah into the Bible and calling it "the Old Testament". The decline in church attendance in the US and the West is actually a sign that people are "Waking Up" to the deceit inherent in Christian and other religions. The decline heralds the birth of genuine spirituality in many people and this tendency will become apparent once Presidents Trump, Putin and Xi Jinping have managed to drain the Talmudic US and global swamps and restored true freedom in our world.].
After all, to paraphrase Belgian poet Émile Cammaerts, "When people cease believing in God, it's not that they start to believe in nothing. It's that they'll believe in anything" - even, and especially in our time and place, socialism.
[Ron: Arguably the Talmudic beliefs being foisted upon our world are cultural Marxism rather than socialism. Marxism reduces everyone to slave status under a Fascist elite using pretend socialist ideology which differs little from the slave status being imposed on our world by Fascist corporatist Capitalism masquerading as freedom, democracy and the rule of law (although the law NEVER applies to the ruling elite as was also the case under Bolshevism and IS the case today under cultural Marxism in the US, UK and EU.). The future belongs to communitarian republican governance structures that will incorporate the positive features of real socialism.].
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